Who's who in our parish:
Reverend Andrew Sweeney is our Priest-in-charge. Andrew was ordained in 2011, and was an assistant curate in the parish of Christ Church and St John in Clapham, London from 2011 to 2015. Andrew and his wife Louise Seear came to Hythe in July 2015.
Reverend Louise Seear is our Associate Priest. Lou is a chaplain at Kings College Hospital in London on two days a week, including time on-call overnight. She gives about two-and-a-half days a week of her own time to the parish of Hythe, and plays a full part in our Sunday worship and our mission and community work.
Reverend Pru Dulley is our Assistant Curate, in the final stages of her training in Hythe Parish. Pru will be with us for three or four years from 2017, before moving on to the next post in her ministry.
The parish has two part-time members of staff: Pat Henley, who works in our parish office, and Dr Berkeley Hill, our Director of Music and choirs.
A church is first and foremost a community, and we rely on many people who give generously of their time and talents for the work of our our parish. Amongst our officers and leaders are:
Our two churchwardens, Dr Pat Chipping and Mrs Gill Cox;
Reverend Canon John Wright, a retired priest and musician;
a Licensed Lay Reader Mr Mike Cox; Mrs Nettie Wren, our Verger; our Treasurer Mr Brian Bishop; our PCC Secretary Mrs Christine Blackman; our Safeguarding Officer Mrs Marilyn Johnson.
There are also dozens of others, too many to name, who help with our worship, welcoming and stewarding visitors to the church and ossuary, our social life, our relations with other community groups, schools and uniformed organisations, our social life, our buildings and churchyards, and our music. There are many opportunities to get involved in community and church life, you don't have to be a committed worshipper in our parish to enjoy friendship and fellowship in our community. You'll find more details on the page of our website that tells you more about us.
Information about the activities and people of the Friends of St Leonard's can be found on their website.
The Parish of St Leonard, Hythe